India and Australia lock horns in the second ODI of the series on Friday in Rajkot. With a win in the series-opener, the visiting team holds a lead over the hosts and India now have a tough challenge to bounce back and win the remainder of the two ODIs. Men in Blue did bounce back to win the series against Australia down under in 2019 but suffered a defeat against the same team at home.
Toss played a crucial role in deciding the result of the first ODI as Australian batsmen made easy runs at Wankhede Stadium, where dew affected the playing conditions. Similar could be the scenes at Rajkot and the team winning the toss will surely want to field first.
Virat Kohli’s batting position will be one of the talking points in the second ODI. It is likely that the captain will return to bat at number three, which will mean a demotion for KL Rahul. He will be doing the wicketkeeping duties but might come out to bat after the captain.
It will also see Shreyas Iyer bat at number five. In the absence of Rishabh Pant, Manish Pandey might get a chance to play his first ODI after 16 months. The bowling line-up should remain the same.
Australia are likely to retain the same combination for the second ODI and might not tinker with the winning combination, which means that Ashton Agar will also keep his place in the playing XI.
There will be hazy sunshine and there is no chance of water droplets disrupting the match. The temperature will fall down to 17 degrees in the evening. The players will enjoy playing at Rajkot. It is confirmed that there will be a complete game as there is no chance of rain.